Jesse Jackson Jr. Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder
“Following extensive evaluation, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is undergoing treatment for Bipolar II depression,” Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Traci Klein said in an email on Monday.
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“Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.”
The congressman has been on medical leave since June 10. His aides initially said his absence was due to “exhaustion,” then later explained he was suffering unspecified “physical and emotional ailments.”
About a month ago, his office said he was suffering an unspecified “mood disorder.” Bipolar disorder is one of many mood disorders.
Late last month, the Mayo Clinic confirmed the congressman had been undergoing treatment for depression and “gastrointestinal issues.”
No timetable has been provided for Jackson’s return to Congress or for when he will resume campaigning for re-election.